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Queens, NY – Jets owner Woody Johnson did not waste time cleaning house.

Even before the dreary 2014 season ended he made it clear that there would be a shakeup as he hired longtime NFL insiders Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to head a search committee. Once Jets head coach Rex Ryan learned of their hiring he started cleaning out his office and more or less admitted to the media that he knew that he was a goner.

To his immense credit, Rex remained upbeat to the end, and as had been the case throughout his six-year tenure with Gang Green, refused to criticize either his players or the front office who did not give him a lot of talent to work with the last four years. My guess is that Atlanta Falcons owner and Flushing native Arthur Blank will make Rex an offer he can’t refuse.

Woody showed that he wasn’t an out of touch rich owner at his year-end press conference. He basically admitted that he made a big mistake hiring John Idzik to be the Jets general manager two years ago but denied that the large group of fans who took out billboards and hired planes to fly over the Jets’ Florham Park, NJ practice facility, affected his decision. I have a feeling that Woody is not being entirely truthful about that.

He conceded that Idzik didn’t do the Jets any favors by keeping the team some $20 million under the NFL team salary cap for 2014 although he did say that Idzik’s thinking was to have some money in reserve in case something unforeseen happened during the season. Idzik was able to use some of those rainy day funds to acquire wide receiver Perry Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks but by that time the Jets were 1-7 and a playoff berth was a pipedream.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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